Mythago Wood (Anglais) Broché – 9 juillet 2009
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Revue de presse
'Indescribably enchanting...a fanstasy which celebrates the immensity of love...should be read several times' SPECTATOR
'The outstanding fantasy book of the 80s' Michael Moorcock
'A stunningly good book. Conveys the haunting power of old heroes and lost gods' LOCUS
'One of the strangest, most beautiful and most compelling fantasies I have ever read. A marvel of a book' Keith Roberts, author of PAVANE
'Sonorous, vivid and utterly enthralling' TLS
'Beautifully written and conceived...some books are hard to put down. I found MYTHAGO WOOD hard to shake off. NEW YORK TIMES --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and of those few, none remain unchanged.
Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable ... and stronger than time itself.
Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood. On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity ...--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché.
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The story itself has a dreamlike and spiritual quality, the protagonists entering into a parallel world via a "ghost wood" populated by the folklore characters of ancient man. As the protagonists delve deeper into the wood, they reach further within their own psyche and the Id made manifest.
For fantasy fans, this story is more about the internal conflict and fears of man than swashbuckling action so fans of the more traditional fantasy genre may not feel a connection with this story.
Personally, I found that the initial momentum trailed off about halfway through and there was never any real raising of the stakes or great risks that upped the ante. I wasn't totally taken on the protagonists motivation - there seemed grander things available but they were not tapped in to. It was very much a flat plateau of events that lead to a rather unsatisfying conclusion, which was a real shame for what had been a very eerie, intriguing, dark story
This is definitely not for young adults. It is quite a challenging fantasy to read. The protagonist confronts myths awakened by his father and his brother - the mythagos of Ryhope Wood. There is a very strong character arc, where the protagonist emerges very different.
Don't expect a sword and sorcery fantasy. There are no orcs, trolls, elves, or goblins from the worlds of Tolkien, Brooks, etc. This is much more sophisticated and, in some ways, a much more believable fantasy.
I did find the book to be long and ponderous. "Mythago Wood" is like a fiction inspired by Joseph Campbell's work, "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." Combine that with some homage to Carl Jung. In other words, this is not a quick and easy fantasy adventure to read. Robert Holdstock's voice is unique, which makes :Mythago Wood" a worthwhile experience.
In current literature, he device of effective TONE is often over-looked, or more commonly, it is ineffectual.
I began this book intending to find another run-of-the-mill fantasy, and was very pleasantly shocked to find myself engrossed in a darkly romantic tale. The emotional ride in this story is easily as powerful as the magic. You will feel committed to the characters, you will feel the haunting mood of the beautiful and terrifying settings, you will work literary muscles you've forgotten you had!
Is this novel perfect? No. However, standing alone, this book will make you realize there are still aspects of fantasy that haven't been over-mined. It's a throw-back of yesteryear and quality. I strongly recommend you add it to your repertoire.
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